Tour buses could be banned from portions of North Beach 

San Francisco tour buses could be banned from traveling down portions of North Beach.

For the past several years, residents of the northern San Francisco neighborhood have complained about large sightseeing buses idling loudly, spewing out fumes and jamming up traffic on narrow streets.

To address these concerns, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic in The City, has recommended barring any commercial vehicle that carries more than nine people (including the driver) from traveling down certain streets in North Beach.

Under the SFMTA proposal, the vehicles would not be allowed on Mason, Powell, and Stockton streets between Francisco and Lombard streets. They would also be banned on Lombard, Chestnut and Francisco streets between Mason and Stockton streets.

Chuck Thomas, a member of the North Beach Neighbors, a local group, said there is strong community support

for the ban.

“They’ve become a huge nuisance,” Thomas said. “I have friends who go out to eat on their deck and they’re staring straight at a double-decker bus packed with tourists. These things are loud, dirty and they invade our privacy.”

On Tuesday, the SFMTA’s board of directors will vote on the proposed ban. If approved, the Police Department would enforce the initiative.

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